The Construction Management Department incorporates mobile learning devices as a central component of instructional delivery in a number of our courses. We have had the requirement to own an iPad for all students enrolled in construction management courses since 2013. Courses within the department that expect students to provide an iPad span the curriculum from 100-400 levels.
All CM students are required to have an iPad capable of running iOS 10 or greater with wifi access. This list includes all iPads capable of running the required operating system and CM software:
- iPad Pro (12.9-inch)
- iPad Pro (9.7-inch)
- iPad Air 2
- iPad Air
- iPad (4th generation)
- iPad mini 4
- iPad mini 3
- iPad mini 2
You must have your own iPad as many instructors will use them for in-class quizzing and other assignments where sharing is not acceptable. The iPad mini will work, but the smaller screen will be a disadvantage for many uses, especially when looking at construction drawings. It is possible to buy less expensive iPads through e-merchants or refurbished from the Apple Store. If feasible, models that support the Apple Pencil and the larger iPad Pro models are highly recommended, as the larger screens and Apple Pencil have proven to be valuable tools for the CM software used, as well as for notetaking and completing homework.
In our courses, we use the iPad for a variety of academic uses including multi-media student assignments and projects as well as for specialized construction management software. We have students using iPads on internships and many construction companies are becoming more tech-savvy at the jobsite. Ultimately, using the iPad in the classroom will help prepare you for your future career.
We recognize that this may place an undue financial burden on some students. To help offset the cost of purchasing the iPad, you may wish to purchase eTextbooks for some of your courses. Many eTexts are sold for considerably less than a traditional textbook. We also encourage students to use their iPad in all of their courses, not just CM courses.
We hope you share our enthusiasm about the possibilities that this program possesses for innovative instruction and an enhanced educational experience!
The Construction Management Faculty
Q: What if I have a different type of tablet?
A: While other types of tablets can perform similar functions to an iPad, the construction management industry favors iPad use so the CM program requires them for all students.
Q: What if I can’t afford an iPad?
Q: When do I need to have an iPad?
A: Once you begin your classes in the CM program, you will immediately need an iPad as even the intro 100-level CMGT classes require their use.
Q: OK, I have an iPad, now what?
A: Once you have your iPad, you should get comfortable using it. You should be able to download and use apps, get your email, use the calendar, and maneuver around.
Get your Boise State email set up first thing. We recommend that you get a calendar program set up (the one that comes by default is fine) and linked to your Boise State email so that you can keep track of your classes and other activities. You might also want to try out Google Tasks to keep track of assignments and due dates, as that can interface with your Google calendar. All of these will synch on the iPad, your phone, and a computer so you are always up to date.
Here is an excellent website describing how to do a lot of basic (and some not-so-basic) things on your iPad: The Best iPad Tips and Tricks. This is a location where you can also get an official manual from Apple.
There are also books that you can purchase to help you if you need it. If you prefer in-person help, you can drop by The Zone in the SUB or the ILC. Any Apple Store should also be able to assist you
Q: What apps should I have?
A: Your instructor will let you know what apps you will need for your specific course. Some apps that you might want to consider ahead of time include (all are available at the Apple App Store):
- Blackboard – (free) this app is developed by Blackboard, Inc. It has an icon that looks like a pencil on a blue background. Once you have the app, logging in with your MyBoiseState username and password will get you ready to use this app. (free)
- Boise State University – (free) this app comes from the university and has an icon of a blue B. It’s a work in progress, but it can help you access a lot of Boise State information.
- Microsoft Word, Excel, and Powerpoint – (free) by logging into these apps with your MyBoiseState username and password, you can use the full version apps for free!
- Google Docs, Sheets, Slides, Drive – (free) you’ll probably have classes where you need to share files easily with others and these apps will be helpful for that. You’ll want to log in with your MyBoiseState username and password.
- Zoom – (free) this app will be used for many of your online and hybrid class sessions. You’ll want to log in with your MyBoiseState username and password to skip the waiting room prior to a class session.
- If you plan to use your iPad to take notes, many of our students highly recommend Notability with with either the Apple Pencil or a good quality stylus. It’s not free, but it is a pretty powerful app and you can use it in all of your courses!
Q: How will iPads be used for class?
A: Each course will likely use the iPads in different ways. We envision the use of the iPad for a variety of multi-media student assignments and projects as well as for specialized construction management software. Some examples of uses you might experience throughout the Construction Management program include taking in-class quizzes, in-class interactions, creating videos, documenting construction projects, using reference materials, viewing construction drawings, drawing sketches, developing and manipulating construction schedules, evaluating construction changes, and estimating construction costs. We encourage you to use your iPad in your ALL your courses (not just your CMGT courses) for eTexts, notetaking, flashcards, checking out electronic library books, keeping track of your homework deadlines, and lots of other cool stuff.
Q: Why can’t there be a course fee used to purchase iPads instead of having to do it on our own?
A: Using course fees to purchase iPads for students is not a feasible option. When a course fee is used, all students in the course MUST pay it – we cannot exempt anyone. Many students already own an iPad and to force them to pay an additional amount is not appropriate.
Q: Can I pay for my iPad with scholarship money?
A: Check with the Financial Aid office. While some scholarships may only be used for tuition and fees, many may also be used for books and other required supplies. In other words, you may be able to purchase your iPad with scholarship monies.